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Barack Obama: Family Tree

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Obama's family tree, as outlined in 1, is presented graphically below, followed by a key to the symbols, and notes about some members of the family.

How to read the family tree:

  • Squares represent men. Circles represent women.
  • A horizontal line connecting a man and woman indicate they were married or produced a child.
  • Some horizontal lines are interrupted; arrowheads show how they would join.
  • All members of a generation are plotted at the same horizontal level. Exception: Generation II is split across two lines.
  • Within each generation, numbers indicate birth order.
  • Within each generation, letters indicate marriage order.
  • President Obama's direct ancestors are shaded in gray.
  • Persons with non-unique names are assigned a number, e.g. Auma #2.
  • In generation III and IV only, a diagonal line indicates death has occurred.

Unless otherwise indicated, the information about individuals, below, comes from 1, with the page number enclosed in square brackets.

  • Paternal line (not shown), preceding Onyango
    • The names of 10 generations of fathers preceding Onyango are known: Miwuru - Sigoma - Owiny - Kisodhi - Ogelo - Otondi - Obongo - Okoth - Opiyu - Obama [394] and then Onyango, who appears on the family tree graphic.
    • Opiyu died "very young;" he sired Obama (Onyango's father) [395]
    • Obama had 4 wives and "many" children [395] (but it was probably 5 wives lifetime, as his first wife seems not to have been included in the count [395])
  • Akumu
    • mother of Barack #1 and Sarah [333]
    • second wife of Onyango [403]
    • had borne 2 children by the time Granny entered household [408]
    • left Onyango, for reasons not disclosed [334], while children young
    • only a few years older than Granny [408]
  • Onyango
    • "Even from the time that he was a boy, our grandfather Onyango was strange. it is said of him that he had ants up his anus, because he could not sit still." Serious. Never laughed. Never made jokes. [397]
    • was 6'0'' tall [426]
    • in 1950s (the time of the "Emergency" according to wikipedia article on KANU), spent 6 months in a detention camp, emerging thin, dirty, with difficulty walking, and lice. "I had to help him bathe for a very long time... And from that day on, I saw that he was now an old man." [418]
    • almost blind in last years [424]
    • even as an old man, his hearing was "very keen" [363]
    • was an herbalist [397]
    • learned to read and write [400]
    • had a temper [403]; "age did not soften his temper." [424]
    • was 5th son of his mother, who was named Nyaoke [396]
    • named Hussein Onyango [333]
    • grave says: Hussein Onyango Obama, 1895-1979 [376]
  • "Granny"
    • true name is not given
    • married at 16 [405]
    • face similar to Sayid's: "smooth and big-boned" [374]
    • is Zeituni's mother [334]
    • raised Barack #1 and Sarah [334]
    • only a few years younger than Akumu [408]
  • Helima
    • first wife of Onyango; unable to have children [402-403]
  • "Burma"
    • a white woman whom Onyango "married" in Burma in World War 2 [375]
    • was wife #4 of Onyango [409]
  • Stanley
    • tall, prematurely gray [16]
    • "often-violent temper" [21]
    • died of prostate cancer about the time Obama marries [440]
    • his mother died of suicide [14]
  • Madelyn
    • "just growing out of a bad case of asthma" at age 11 or 12 [19]
    • smoked cigarettes [24]
    • by early 1970s had thinning hair [56]
    • some Cherokee ancestry [12] [13]
    • her grandparents were Scottish-English [12]
    • her grandparents: "Theirs were the faces of American Gothic" [12] (In medical school, Dr. Zebra learned that this type of look was common in alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency.)
  • Sarah
    • described as smart and independent [334]
    • "was most like her father in personality. Strict, hardworking, easy to anger." [413]
    • older sister of Barack #1 [318]; firstborn [333]
    • three year difference between Sarah and Barack #1 [408]
    • mother is Akumu [333]; raised by Granny [334]
  • Auma #1
    • mentioned [412]
  • Barack #1 (Father of President Obama)
    • on at least one occasion, beaten with a stick by his father "until Barack's back was bleeding" [418]
    • met Kezia when he was 18; brief courtship. [420]
    • while waiting "several months" for his college entrance examination to be scored, "was so nervous he could barely eat." [421]
    • hairless arms and chest [129], but this may have been fiction
    • began to drink alcohol heavily in Kenya as his career unraveled [215]
    • car accident, before Auma #2 was 12 or 13, hospitalizing him for a long time and killing the other driver; shortly after release from hospital, visited Hawaii [216] where he used a cane
    • died in car accident [5], six years before Barack #2's visit to Kenya [376,429]
    • three year difference between Sarah and Barack #1 [408]
    • mother is Akumu [333]; raised by Granny [334]
  • Omar
    • left Kenya for America in early 1960s [374]
    • Omar and Zeituni are Granny's first children and are younger than Barack #1. [410]
  • Zeituni
    • is "sister" of Barack #1 [306]
    • Omar and Zeituni are Granny's first children and are younger than Barack #1. [410]
  • Jane
    • presumably sister of Barack #1 [5, 316, 317]
  • Yusuf
    • brother of Barack #1 [373]
  • Sayid
    • face similar to Granny's: "smooth and big-boned" [374]
    • youngest brother of Barack #1 [373]
  • Kezia
    • was pregnant (with Auma #2, presumably) when Barack #1 went to Hawaii [422]
    • mother of Abo [335]
  • Ann
    • legal name was "Stanley Ann"
  • Lolo
    • native of Indonesia
  • Ruth
    • is white [341]
    • has a son younger than Mark, named Joey [341], presumably son of her Tanzanian [339] husband
  • Unknown name
    • the "last girlfried" of Barack #1 [265-266]; she was "a young woman he was living with" [218]
  • Roy
    • was in a car accident; is not a good driver [264]
    • is oldest son of Barack #1, older than Barack #2 [266]
    • common mother: Roy and Auma [212]
    • born one year after Barack #1 and Kezia married [420]
    • takes his African name, Abongo [441]
  • Auma #2
    • suggests she was a child of father's first wife [212]
    • born two years after Roy [420]
    • common mother: Roy and Auma [212]
    • common mother: Auma, Abo, Bernard (order of children for this mother appears to be: Roy, Auma, Abo, Bernard) [213]
  • Abo
    • Bernard and Abo have a strong mutual resemblance [384]
    • common mother: Auma, Abo, Bernard (order of children for this mother appears to be: Roy, Auma, Abo, Bernard) [213]
    • mother is Kezia [335]
    • Abo older than Bernard [335]
    • Abo and Bernard born after/while Barack #1 married to Ruth [335]
  • Bernard
    • "soft snores" [379]
    • Bernard and Abo have a strong mutual resemblance [384]
    • paternity is not certain [335]
    • Abo older than Bernard [335]
    • common mother: Auma, Abo, Bernard (order of children for this mother appears to be: Roy, Auma, Abo, Bernard) [213]
    • Abo and Bernard born after/while Barack #1 married to Ruth [335]
    • mentioned [316. 317]
  • Barack #2
    • 44th President of the United States
  • Maya
    • child of Lolo [47]
  • Mark
    • common mother (Ruth): Mark and David [213]
    • Mark is older than David [339]
  • David
    • killed in a motor cycle accident [137]; alcohol was likely involved [366]
    • common mother (Ruth): Mark and David [213]
    • Mark is older than David [339]
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Cited Resources
  1. Obama, Barack. Dreams from My Father. New York: Three Rivers Press, Revised Edition, 2004 (original edition 1995).1400082773 Libraries 2004012412.
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